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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Economic Development, Judaism, Leadership Development, Religion

Mission: Avodah develops lifelong social justice leaders whose work is informed by Jewish values and who inspire the Jewish community to work toward a more just and equitable world.

Results: For more than 20 years, we’ve been inspiring Jewish leaders to commit to a life of social change, promoting a vision of Jewish life rooted in justice, and engaging the broader Jewish community in some of the most pressing issues facing our country at a local and national level. With more than 1,400 alumni and participants, Avodah has contributed 2.2 million hours of service to local anti-poverty organizations around the country. We have partnered with more than 200 of the top non-profit organizations, serving nearly 780,000 people in need. In our 23 years of service, Avodah has provided local organizations with more than $22 million in staff capacity and engaged thousands across the nation in the work for social and economic change.

Target demographics: Avodah works to build the next generation of Jewish leaders to address the country's most pressing social and economic issues.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, we directly served 40,000 people in need and provided $2 million in staff capacity to local anti-poverty nonprofits throughout the country.

Geographic areas served: New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC, Kansas City, and San Diego

Programs: Avodah's programs include The Jewish Service Corps, a year of full-time service for Jewish adults ages 21-26 at leading nonprofits in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and San Diego. Service Corps Members work in leading anti-poverty organizations, live together as a community, and participate in weekly educational programs to deepen their understanding of domestic poverty and explore their work through the lend of Jewish tradition and values; the Avodah Justice Fellowship, which convenes cohorts of early-career professionals for nine months of intensive learning, mentorship, and community building around social justice work through an inclusive Jewish lens in Chicago, and Kansas City; the Avodah Alumni Network, in which Avodah alumni are leading organizations, educating Jewish communities on the issues that matter, advocating for change on a local and national level. We support Avodah alumni through ongoing programming, engagement, and advanced skill-building; and Community Engagement programming, in which Avodah partners with organizations and educators in order to deepen our collective learning and draw the broader Jewish community into the most pressing social and economic issues of our time.

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lori C.8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Avodah's transformative work has inspired and engaged me for over one dozen years-first, as a Corps Member supervisor at the nonprofit where I worked, then as a Board member, and most recently, as the parent of an "Avodahnik." The young adults who devote themselves to serving the community with all their heart, soul and might are truly impressive. Avodah provides these extraordinary leaders with a nurturing home, opportunities for shared learning, and meaningful opportunities to pursue social justice.

Sarah E.10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in the inaugural year of the young professionals program, which is a bit different than the service program. One aspect that exceeded my expectations was the introduction to, and induction into, the vast network between alums and participants. It is an online forum where people post about jobs, opportunities, collective action for social change, among other things. This has led me to understand networking in a whole new way, and because it exists in the context of Avodah--a positive, values-based community--there is already a sense of trust and warmth available to me as I respond to people about the various opportunities. What an asset this creates!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love Avodah! Met so many friends in this program. World class fellowship. I felt so much growth during my time in the program. Joy and Jewish community is centered. Highly recommended!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Chicago justice fellow, Avodah helped me deepen my connections to Judaism, to social justice, and to my community. This program provided me enough jumping off points for an entire lifetime of learning and inspired action!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated in the Avodah Fellowship in Chicago 2017-2018, and over three years worked closely in partnership with Avodah students and staff in my role at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. I always found Avodah to be an incredibly thoughtful, compassionate, and important voice in the Jewish social justice world, and have learned a ton from their programs and resources. I have also witnessed their desire and determination to evaluate and improve their initiatives, for the benefit of broad social justice goals and of their participants' experiences.

Sophie M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization. I am still connected to the people I met during my time as social change fellow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Avodah does great work with placing young people at area nonprofits and supporting them on their journey to help their communities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

aryeh was great facilitator for fellowship and met a bunch of great people through the experience!

Emily D.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Avodah Justice Learning Fellowship in Chicago. It was a very meaningful experience and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated Avodah Justice Fellowship Chicago cohort in 2019-2020, and I continue to be proud of my connection to this organization. My experience with the Justice Fellowship was above and beyond the most impactful educational experience I've had in a cohort setting outside of the classroom. We connected local and national social justice issues to Jewish teaching, built community among our cohort, and pivoted successfully to the virtual era of the beginning of the pandemic. I am proud to call myself an Avodah alumni as I know this organization will continue to impact many others.

Danny K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Avodah plays such an important role in developing bold, progressive Jewish leaders. I'm honored to be an alum, and am so grateful for this organization's impact.

Luna G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in Avodah's Social Justice Fellowship in 2019-2020 and it was life-changing! How special it is to be in community with others who share values and are passionate about improving the world we are living in one day at a time!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former Avodah Fellowship participant, current alum, and member of the Advisory Council, I can say that Avodah is a tremendous organization empowering young leaders and fostering justice in the Jewish community and beyond. Being a lifelong member of the Avodah community is something I do not take for granted. It has absolutely changed my life for the better.

Hannah B.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Avodah is an incredible organization that trains the next generation of Jewish social justice leaders. I'm grateful to have participated in the Fellowship in 2017 and to now be part of the Advisory Council - it's a very special organization and community.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Avodah does exactly that - WORK! work for our communities, work for those in need, work for the volunteers, and put their resources to work.
Can't say enough good words about the people doing the hard work and the huge impact their work has on every single person they touch.
Having the opportunity to serve in the Avodah San Diego Council, I can experience up close the level of commitment and the impact of every volunteer. From helping immigrants across the border with their legal paperwork to educating low-income tenants about their rights.
Thank you, Avodah!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 2018-2019 participant in the Chicago Avodah Justice Fellowship, I am continually inspired by the range of experiences, lessons, and community that has become accessible to me through my participation in Avodah.

Jason S.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did the Fellowship program and feel that Avodah is doing great work to develop leaders and help people struggling with poverty and injustice in the US!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Avodah Service Corps provided me with the opportunity to grow in my understanding of systemic justice and build community

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am an alum of Avodah and a former employee. I can say with full confidence that Avodah provides an invaluable experience for both participants in their programming and the communities they impact. As an employee, I was witness to the dedicated, intentional, and supportive culture that the organization upholds. I will forever be a supporter of Avodah.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Avodah provides such an incredible experience of service, community-building and development of personal and professional identity for the young people who go through the program. And the work of its intelligent, ambitious and dedicated members is crucial for the effectiveness of the nonprofits and communities in which they work. The organization also does a great job with transparency and fostering community among its many other supporters.

1 Laura L.16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be an Avodah alum! I did the service corps in 2012-2013 in Chicago, and Avodah has been my Jewish home ever since. In addition to training progressive future leaders, Avodah sets an example for all other Jewish nonprofits on how to live out their values.

1 Corinne V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Avodah set me up with an amazing community, critical lens of the city I had moved to (New Orleans), and skills for my professional (and non-professional) future! I'm so glad I did Avodah.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did Avodah as a corps member in 2009-2010, and I've been involved in the alum community ever since then. My experience with Avodah has been transformative - the organization has given me a lens through which to understand poverty and social justice; friends to fight alongside with for a better world; and an invaluable network

Eleni Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Avodah has provided me with a vast network of Jewish people committed to combating poverty and engaging in intentional, community-driven justice work. As a core member in 2010-11 in Chicago, my experience provided me grounded me with a critical compass and foundation for the public service, community building and organizing work I would continue to engage in for the following decade and beyond. My placement was with America Scores Chicago after-school programs which kicked off my career in youth development work. As an alum, I am continuously amazed by the resource-sharing, advocacy, dialogues and comradery of the Avodah network. I am proud to be an alum and donor to this transformative work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience in Avodah shaped who I am and what I do today. My experience living in the house with other young people led to lifelong friendships. The programming through Avodah helped me form my own Jewish identity as well as career path.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time as a participant in AVODAH drastically altered the trajectory of my life. I was introduced to people who I found tremendously inspiring and influential. Through the programming and community building, I developed my own Jewish identity and met friends who are still very dear to me over 10 years later. AVODAH also brought me to a non-profit where I ended up working for 4 years. It is actually quite difficult to distill the ways that AVODAH influenced my life because it left an indelible mark on me as a jew, as a woman, and as an activist.

1 Naomi B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Taking part in the AVODAH Justice Fellowship was fundamental to me exploring my interest and role in social justice movements. It gave me a better overall view of the current playing field and considerations, and empowered me to take a larger role in movements and campaigns despite not having experience with them in the past. It allowed me to me truly incredible individuals just as passionate and hard working as I, and left me with a network of organizers and activists that has already proved invaluable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Avodah helped set me on a course of social justice in my career and in my community involvement. As a Corps Member, I found both professional and personal avenues for growth and was fortunate to join a community of others looking for the same. The year I spent in Avodah was definitely challenging -- we worked long hours with clients facing extreme structural barriers, all on a small stipend -- but it was the most rewarding of my life. Despite being raised Modern Orthodox, I never learned Judaism's textual and historic bases for social justice until I joined Avodah. I am so grateful for the experiential education I received and the supportive community of which I'm now an active part!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We have so much to do to address the injustice in our country. Some people talk about it. Those committed to the work of Avodah roll up their sleeves and do something about it! In addition to the current corp members, there are hundreds of alum throughout the country who continue this work in a variety of capacities. The world is a better place with Avodah in it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am committed to the work of Avodah as a Board member and funder because it provides a critical connection for emerging Jewish professionals through the sacred work of social justice.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Avodah! they train the next generation of Jewish social justice leaders with a real world understanding of the social justice world outside of the Jewish community and by imparting a sense of responsibility, vision and commitment on its corps members.

Donor

Rating: 5

Avodah is a non-profit that is a triple whammy. (1) Avodah trains the next generation of social justice leaders and provides a transformative experience for its Corps members. (2) For local communities, Avodah has added personnel and dollars to hundreds of organizations and supported the lives of hundreds of thousands of people struggling with poverty; and (3) Through its amazing work, Aovdah continues to provide inspiration and hope for all of its stakeholders, including its donors.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that is preparing the next generation to lead us in the direction that our society needs to go.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Avodah is an amazing organization! The social justice fellowship in NYC was very powerful and impactful. The organization is welcoming, inclusive and works hard to fight for social justice on many different levels. I’m so glad I joined!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Avodah expands the work of so many important organizations through its corps member program, and it offers young adults a unique opportunity to step into the world of justice. As a board member and supporter of Avodah, I see many of our corps members profoundly affected by their year of service. They are often able to use it as a platform for their own career development and as the beginning to their lifelong commitment to changing a corner of the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I participated in Avodah's inaugural year in New Orleans from 2008-2009 and I owe so much of my journey since then to my experience that year. Avodah helped me explore my personal Judaism, and it set me on a path for work in the Jewish community. I love this organization and will continue to support it as a monthly/recurring donor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in Avodah in DC and I owe my career to it. Avodah gave me the opportunity to explore non profits in a way that I could have never imagined. It gave me the skills and start that I needed right out of college. I also am grateful for the network and support that I find in alumni across the country.

Rebecca S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an alum of this organization's service program and also a former board member. That is one of the many reasons why I love them -- they put young people who are at the heart of the mission in a decision-making role. I continue to volunteer with Avodah on their Development Committee so I see firsthand how carefully they steward resources and how much they cherish their donors. It's been about 15 years since I 'graduated' from my year of service with Avodah and I'm still devoted to Judaism and social justice, and this organization is a huge part of that.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have interacted with Avodah corps members past 10 years. They are passionate, curious, and dedicated. They are intent upon using their Avodah year to learn lifelong skills which they will use to promote and fight for social justice as social workers, medical professionals , legal professionals, rabbis, teachers, non-profit professionals, etc. Avodah is transformative for participants, and most remain in the social justice field throughout their careers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Avodah harnesses the idealism and passion of young people and directs that to serving communities in need. It is social justice in action, through a Jewish lens. The organization itself is so well run, led by inspired staff and volunteers who ensure that the young people can make as great an impact on the people they serve and that the experience is transfomative for themselves. The very great majority of Avodah alumni continue to work in social justice fields.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that uses all of its resources and creativity to strengthen and improve communities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know two young women who participated in Avodah after college. One was my daughter and the other a friend's daughter. They both gained a lot from the experience, the love of non-profit work and the importance of social justice work. They learned that the ideals taught in school are impactful when applied to real people and real-life situations. Both of these young women have gone on to help others in their quest for economic fairness and justice in the world. The experience wasn't, as one person suggested, a way of feeling good about themselves. It was a way of feeling good about others, of learning to care and respect other people, and to be positive. Neither myself nor my friend financially supported our daughters when they were in this program. I'm sorry that one of the reviewers walked away with bitterness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served in the Service Corps in D.C. in 2013-2014 and currently serve on the New York Advisory Council. Avodah was a transformative experience, helping me shape abstract social justice values into a career path. Four years later, I am approaching law school graduation, and following a clerkship, I intend to return to providing civil legal services to people living in poverty–a field I knew nothing about before Avodah placed me in one of the greatest legal services organizations in the country. Since leaving Avodah, I have been continually impressed with Avodah's commitment to improving and growing. The alumni community is one of the best resources I have in serving clients, and I'm proud to be an Avodah alum and supporter.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I participated in this program over a decade ago and the experience helped me in my post-college transition, obtaining full-time employment at the conclusion of the year of service, and has made me a part of a powerful network of alumni. They are doing critical work that benefits communities and those who participate in the program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AVODAH is a year long service program, similar to Americorps. The experience that I gained in this program strengthened my knowledge of the field I currently work in and strengthened my commitment and passion to social justice. The friends I made while in AVODAH, have been a source of support and encouragement to me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Avodah helped me create a Jewish social justice community post college and kick-started my career in the non-profit sector.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a fan of Avodah since it's inception and been involved as a volunteer since 2010 in Washington, DC. What moves me most about Avodah is watching young Jewish leaders engage in social justice in their local communities, all while part of a communal Jewish framework. This experience becomes a defining one for their lives, impacting future decisions about how to live their lives and how they will contribute to society. I always joke that I wish Avodah had existed when I was a graduating college student so I could have been a part of it. Now I wish that my kids will want to do it when they are old enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an Avodah corps member back in 2010 in Chicago and the organization had a transformational impact on my life. The year-long service program opened new professional doors for me, leading me to a meaningful career in refugee and international human rights programming. I made some of my best friends through Avodah and continue to draw on the support of its community for both spiritual and social sustenance. The alumni network Avodah has produced is unparalleled in terms of its members' ongoing commitment to social justice, activism, and social and spiritual engagement.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My son, who was involved in several Jewish and secular social justice organizations in high school and college, was a corp member in the year after he graduated from college. AVODAH was, by far, the most important experience in shaping who he is as an adult. His outlook on life and his choice of careers were shaped by his experience with AVODAH. He has gained lifelong friends and built a national network of contacts who have been invaluable. I would promote this program for any young Jewish adult.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Avodah does such incredible work for both the fellows and the community. The experiences that each young person gets with the organization is empowering and the work they do in service of the community around them enriches all they touch.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an AVODAH Service Corps Member from 2002 through 2003, I had the opportunity to live communally with other Jewish recent college graduates, dive into the connection between Judaism and Social Justice, and work full time at a local non-profit. Together we created and participated in programs designed to deepen our connection and understanding of Judaism and Social Justice. Following my year of Service, Avodah connected me to an ever growing community of committed alumni. Over 15 years later, I still look to the alumni community with any and all of my Jewish/Social Justice questions. I feel lucky to be a part of this community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a member of the Avodah Service Corps in Chicago in 2008-09; as a recent college graduate the Service Corps provided an incredible opportunity to work full time while receiving significant support and training from Avodah. My year in Avodah has shaped my professional and personal journey; I continue to revisit the lessons I learned and the experiences I gained on a regular basis. I'm now an active part of the alumni community - and a member of the Board - and continue to be grateful for the ways that the Avodah network shapes my life and helps fuel social change.

2 Angela B.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I got to know Avodah first through its fellows, recent college graduates who felt that part of their Jewish identity included giving back to their communities through serious service work. I have since joined the board of Avodah and have only been more impressed with the organization and its partnership with anti-poverty organizations and the young fellows who do the work. This is an organization worth supporting--your money not only helps to fund anti-poverty work in some of the most distressed urban centers, but it also supports a generation of young Jewish leaders who go on to serve their communities in different ways throughout their lives. Avodah is transformative!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Avodah for over 10 years and have been profoundly impacted by the organization. As a participant in Avodah's service corps, I had the opportunity to learn all about Judaism and social justice. I did the service corps in Chicago and my year in Avodah gave me authentic insight in the social justice community and work happening in Chicago. After completing my service corps year in Chicago, I continued to stay involved with the Alumni community and network in Chicago. Through this network, I am regularly invited to engage in learning and actions related to both local and national social justice issues. Additionally, Avodah has given me a Jewish home. The Avodah Alumni network has provided me with a Jewish community who I can spend holidays with and celebrate life milestones with. When I joined Avodah in 2006, I had no idea that the organization and program would so profoundly shape my adult life. I am so grateful for the ways Avodah built me as a Jewish leader of social justice-- and the ways in which Avodah does this for so many others.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the distinct privilege of being involved with Avodah as a participant in the NYC fellowship, which equipped me with tools and insights to be more impactful and find more meaning in my job in public health. Shortly after the program ended, I took part in a women's leadership coaching program through Avodah with other alumnae, which played a powerful role in helping me chart a career path that feels inspiring and motivating. Today, I'm a proud board member of the organization, and the relationships I've built through my involvement with Avodah form the heart of my Jewish community. The Avodah community helps me see myself as a powerful agent of change, pushes me to think critically about the impact I have and can have in the world, and is a constant source of inspiration and joy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Avodah is structured so that only individuals with privileged backgrounds can succeed in their position. It is basically set up as a year for recent college grads to feel good about themselves while they continue to take money from their parents. For those who participate for different reasons and don't have a safety net, they cannot live off the stipend and keep up with the house social scene leading to burn out due to the onerous work, high demands, poor social support, and no financial pay off. Worse it's represented as something it's not. I'm three years out and still look back at the experience as a waste of time and a poor use of my skills.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

AVODAH is by far the most ableist and financial inaccessible "volunteer" experience I've ever had. I had to resign from my position early fpr health related reasons, and the organization promptly kicked me out of my house with two weeks until my next lease started, one day notice (against DC tenant law) and nowhere to go. This was against the expressed wishes of my fellow corps members (whose needs, I think, should be the organization's top priority) and while still mandating that I pay rent for the next three months (after working for a year under the minimum wage and while struggling to cover medical expenses). I am both shocked and disappointed that AVODAH-- as an organization that prizes itself being equitable and social justice oriented -- has no clause in its contract acknowledging mental/ physical disabilities as potential barriers to completion of serve. Throughout my departure process, I was made to feel like my situation was in some way my fault, and was made to compensate AVODAH financially for making a decision that my doctor recommended. I find it hard to fathom that I am now in debt to an organization which I was working for in a stipended position, after leaving for a health issue that I already hold much shame in. As one of the few corp members without the buffer of family support to fall back on, I was constantly made to feel like I was asking for special privileges for not being able to manage the 60+ hours of commitment per week that AVODAH expects from it's corp members (with site placements, programming, house meetings, mandatory community activities, etc), while balancing outside responsibilities that none of the other corps members had. No wonder the organization primarily attracts volunteers from certain socio-economic and familial backgrounds! I loved my corps members and respect my program director and her intentions, but feel strongly that the structure of the program is completely inaccessible to folks who don't identify with certain brands of Judaism and/ or have needs that fall outside the "norm". I therefore couldn't in good faith recommend it to anyone strongly committed to grassroots social justice work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a AVODAH corps member, I spent a year living in a communal house and working in a local nonprofit. The AVODAH program and staff were very supportive around the communal living stuff and work stuff, did not push me Jewishly as much as I had hoped.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through AVODAH I had an incredible year working with low-income seniors in New York City. I was part social worker, part pharmacist, and part advocate on behalf of hundreds of Medicare beneficiaries, and my work during AVODAH led me to attend law school. In addition to being the spark that I hope will develop into a rewarding public interest legal career, I made some incredible friends throughout the year - people who have supported me through tough times and celebrated with me in the good times.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

A truly meaningful, life-changing experience. I became more aware of the world I live in while also learning about myself. I met amazing people and connected to a community that inspires and accomplishes incredible things.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AVODAH is amazing! It provides young Jews with an opportunity to expand their Jewish sense of identity at time when we are unstable with who we are and where we stand in the world. An instant community of Jews and like minded individuals are basically served to us on a golden platter, as well as real world experience serving people and communities that are important to us.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Avodah has been transformative. It has changed my vision of the world and how Judaism and social justice are important in my own life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Housing Unlimited, Inc. (HUI) is fortunate to have an Avodah participant-- Joshua Neirman-- work full-time this year with HUI. Josh has been an outstanding addition to our staff-- he cares deeply about our mission (HUI provides affordable housing to low income adults with psychiatric disabilities), he is very kind and respectful towards the people we serve, and he is a true team player-- happy to chip in with the large and small tasks that must be completed to keep HUI up and running. The Avodah supervisory staff is very organized and communicate regularly and clearly with HUI to ensure everything is going smoothly.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been receiving AVODAH volunteers to help run our legal clinic for seven years. They have been outstanding workers and friends. The quality of people AVODAH gets each year to donate their time to helping the poor with our and other organizations is incredible. AVODAH not only instills a strong sense of Jewish tradition and values in its members, it provides crucial services to this country's poor.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

The reason for my ongoing involvement with Avodah is because my participation in this program has helped to amplify multiple songs in my soul and set them into powerful harmony. The song of Jewish community and intentional relationships. The song of social action. The song of taking up the fight against injustice. And the song of doing what’s right, of doing what’s human. I sing these songs loudly now, and with others who know the tune, the words, … the meaning.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an AVODAH Corps Member, I had the opportunity to live together with other Jewish young adults, exploring together the connection between Judaism and Social Justice, and working full time at a non-profit. We had very meaningful workshops weekly covering topics from housing, to racism, to mental health. It also gave me the opportunity to explore my Jewish traditions and learn about others'. AVODAH was a positive step to get into the world of non-profit. After my year in AVODAH my organization offered me a full time position and I am still employed there. I still actively engage with AVODAH, interacting with new corps members as well as alumni.